After a multiyear absence, yet well into his third decade of Dean River excursions, Mark Noble of the Greased Line Fly Shoppe in Vancouver, WA let his wading boots slide over the rocks of the lower Dean river again. Accompanied by his crew of John, Bill and Bob, the four amigos were greeted by a dropping and clearing river, some very angry Chinooks, a few more hot fresh Steelhead, and a couple more feisty outgoing kelts that just didn’t learn about flies last year when they first arrived.
The weather ranged from hot, bright and dry early in the week, and fishing success became more light related, with early mornings offering up the best success. Later, when the wet rainy weather returned, another wave of rampaging Chinooks came through, ripping off flylines, to never be seen again (the fly lines AND the fish), as well as straightening hooks and busting leaders. The fish to the beach count was tough, but the action and smiles non-stop. The week wrapped up with some fish to hand and a great Canada Day party with fireworks down by the waterfront with the entire Kimsquit community.